No beturbaned Muslim ruler beams out from the free-standing pub on a quiet residential road behind All Saints’ Church in Mitcham: the Sultan was a black stallion who sired many a champion racehorse in the nineteenth century.
Inside this homely community boozer, you’ll find a detailed history of Selim, sire of Sultan; it’s a suitable backdrop for the old geezers who sit studying the racing form and sipping affordable pints of Summer Lightning and other fine ales from the Hop Back Brewery of Salisbury. The saloon bar is named after Ted Higgins, part of the original cast of Radio 4’s The Archers.
All told, this is a lovely local, with a leafy beer garden, plenty of parking space and decent pub food. Everyone seems to know each other, but strangers can also expect a warm welcome.